On Tuesday DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was booked into Dekalb County jail and later released on bond. Ellis was indicted earlier in the day on 15 counts by a grand jury on charges that he tried to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees and threatened to withhold county business from those that didn’t contribute to his campaign.

DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May released a statement today in response to the indictment.

“This is a sad day for DeKalb County. While every person is clearly innocent until proven guilty, this ongoing saga has been a distraction and continues to bring unwelcome negative publicity to our county and government” said Commissioner May.

“Like all citizens of DeKalb, I pray that there will be a quick resolution to these issues,” May added. “Regardless of the accusations of corruption in the CEO’s office, my fellow Commissioners and I are committed to keeping our focus on our duties and responsibilities as public servants. We remain steadfast in our commitment to bringing a better future to DeKalb County.”

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